Weaving a fascinating dialogue between the Old World as represented by Provence and the New World of the postmodern American university, this memoir describes in finely wrought detail a poet and critic of literary postmodernism moving his family to France and experiencing village life. Stories of amazing adjustments to a wildly different world are etched in beautiful prose, reading like a quest novel, a precise travelogue, an intense discourse on the visionary arts, and a rediscovery - if not reinvention - of the self as this contemporary American intellectual finds enlightenment in exile.
Paul Christensen is a modern literature teacher at Texas A&M University and the author of Falling from Grace in Texas, The Mottled Air, and West of the American Dream. He was an NEA Poetry fellow in 1991. He lives in College Station, Texas.